The 2014 Thanksgiving holiday weekend is expected to bring over 46 million
people away from their homes traveling to spend time with friends and
family. It has been a long time since this many people have traveled for
Experienced Newburgh, New York personal injury attorneys know that almost ninety percent of these travelers will arrive to at their
destinations and return home there after via motor vehicle travel. Add
to this the uniqueness of the upcoming holiday; winter storm Cato is expected
to wallop the Northeast on Wednesday night which will bring as much as
a foot of snow to some parts of the Hudson Valley region.
Laws in New York impose rules and liability to those persons who negligently
cause and or contribute to motor vehicle accident injuries. In short,
victims of motor vehicle accidents have rights if negligently injured
on Newburgh roadways.
Generally speaking, motorists
must use reasonable care when driving so that foreseeable and preventable harm is not caused to others. Drivers
must obey traffic regulations, see what there is to be seen, and adjust
their driving habits in accordance with traffic conditions and weather
If a motorist is driving unreasonably during winter storm Cato and ends
up injuring a pedestrian or motorist in a vehicle accident, the injured
party can sue the offending driver for compensation.
Additionally, drunk driving is a major contributor to
motor vehicle accidents. In fact, almost half of all vehicle accident fatalities every year are
alcohol related. Since many people will consume alcohol over the Thanksgiving
holiday weekend, drunk driving is a major concern. Most people realize
that alcohol related vehicle accidents are completely preventable. This
is exactly why the victims of drunk drivers can and do hold their perpetrators
accountable in criminal court and in civil court.
While the state prosecutes the crime, the victim will commence litigation
against the drunk driver, alleging that the
offending driver’s actions were negligent and that such caused the victim to suffer injury and damages.
Readers take note that additional people can be held liable for the injuries
caused by a drunk driving accident. Specifically, New York adheres to
dram shop liability. Dram shop laws hold establishments that serve alcohol
(i.e. bars, restaurants, taverns, beverage marts, and liquor stores) accountable
if they serve or sell booze to minors and or intoxicated persons. If the
establishment serves alcohol to such a person and that person harms someone,
the business can be liable for the victim’s injuries.
In conclusion, drivers in Newburgh have a duty to refrain from negligently
causing others harm. If their negligence does cause a pedestrian or motorist
negligent driver can be held liable for the victims’ damages.
Learn about other Thanksgiving safety tips and liability issues
in our article available here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
what our clients are saying about us here and learn about just some of our
successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
toll free at 866-440-4452, or by using the
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